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Balenciaga Motorcycle; Fendi Baguette; Dior Saddle; Marc Jacobs Stam; Hermès Birkin: ‘it’ bags are those iconic, frenzy-creating designs that reach such a status that they’re known instantly — and remembered for decades — by a single name.

Which designer creations are contending for the crown of 2022’s ‘it’ bag? The Style Sheet rounds up five seriously strong candidates, each set to cause a thrill amongst fashion enthusiasts — be it for their statement-making design or clever iteration of heritage-rich brand codes.

Can you pick a favourite?

1. Hermès Sabot

There’s a basket bag, and then there’s Hermès’s new Sabot creation. Levels above your usual beach or picnic carry-all, this chic beauty takes the shape of a horse’s hoof in reference to the brand’s equestrian roots. Entirely made by hand, it’s the epitome of the heritage brand’s artisanry. For leather aficionados, there’s also a version in hunter cowhide.

2. Bottega Veneta Mop Effect Pouch

Over the last few years, a Bottega Veneta pouch has become arguably one of the most significant handbag staples of both celebrities and the street-style set. It’s a design that keeps evolving and, this season, it’s taken its most exciting iteration yet — the ‘mop effect’. In all its soft, textured glory, not only is it instantly recognisable as Bottega, but it adds a playful punctuation to any outfit. Double win.

3. Prada Triangle

This bag celebrates the shape of Prada’s signature triangle logo with statement appeal. It’s from the men’s collection, which only makes it all the cooler for women to sport — in fact, Kim Kardashian arrived at the latest Prada show wearing a head-to-toe look from the men’s collection, cementing the trend of borrowing from the boys.

4. Balenciaga Trainershead

Demna Gvasalia, one of fashion’s most celebrated talents of now, once again flexes his midas touch with the Trainershead. Attention-grabbing and tongue-in-cheek, the design reworks the brand’s hourglass silhouette with hallmarks of a sneaker, another of the brand’s cult accessories.

5. Dior Bobby East-West

Behold, Bobby East-West — a reimagined version of the iconic Bobby bag. It takes all the best elements of the original creation, but strips back and elongates the design. The result nods to the trending hobo shape, but offers a new level of simplicity and sleekness.